The Great Okie Migration by Hugo Lardeau and Maëva Irié
Hi, the exhibit shows about the Great Okie Migration. In the exhibit there are eight photos to report the exodus of the Okies during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. In this a series seven photos were taken by Dorothea Lange., the iconic photographer of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl .
In the 1940's the farmers fled for two reasons: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. This event is called the Great Okie Migration. The Great Depression is an economic crisis. So a lot of Americans were jobless. The Dust Bowl was a violent dust storm of the drought. This storm hit different states(Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas. The farmers and their family fled from the Dust Bowl regions to California on highway 66 by foot or by car. Route 66 is a very long national road running from the Mississippi to Bakersfield California. During the Great Okie Migration Route 66 was known as "the Mother Road" because it was main migrants road. California is well known for a land of plenty because of a favorable climate and plentiful ressources. In the 1940' s it was a paradise for a lot of Americans. California promises work and a new life with hope.
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